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Fall weekends don’t get any better than the one just behind us – unless it might be the one just ahead of us.  Students and families on Fall Break last weekend were greeted with picture perfect boating, fishing, and golf weather. The Fall boaters were here, that’s for sure; and there’s more of the same just ahead.  Saturday evening looks like a perfect setting for the 3rd Annual Ghost Float Halloween Boat Parade on Monkey Island.  Boats will set sail out of The Landings Marina, head up the shoreline to St. James, back to Shangri-La, then return to The Landings.  It’s gonna be a fun, fun night.  After-party is at Big Shots.

I’ll be ready for the boat parade, but I need to do a little recuperating.  People from everywhere were at the lake last weekend – and I never knew how many people were paying attention to that little “buy a drink for the guy next to you” advice I pass around. Whew!  Between the gang that show up to start drinking at the Buffalo Bar at noon, followed by a boat ride that wrapped up at The Landings and an impromptu party at Shebang’s Balcony Bar, I barely made it through Friday!  Saturday brought more boating, the South Grand Lake Lions Club Garage Sale/Party, a little golf with excellent beverage cart service and, of course, the wine dinner at Shangri-La Saturday night ended way too early for my crew; so we had to close down Monkey Island Pub celebrating ol’ Mike Thrift’s last day as a 36-year-old.  That short bus comes in handy some nights! Then, it was on to Sunday brunch at The Shebang with entertainment by the talented Luke North who’ll be leaving for Colorado in a couple of weeks.  It was a treat to hear him perform his original stuff over a few recuperative screwdrivers!  A couple of aspirin and I’ll be good as new and ready for the weekend ahead!


Here’s another good reason not to live in New York.  They just declared yogurt as their Official State Snack. I’m pretty sure something as healthy as yogurt should not be considered a “snack.”  Oklahoma doesn’t have an official state snack, but with an Official State Meal that consists of chicken fried steak, fried okra, barbecue pork, squash, cornbread, biscuits, sausage & gravy, grits, corn, strawberries and pecan pie, I’m confident an official snack in Oklahoma would be something more like Cheetos.


I’m not so sure about the jury system anymore.  A jury in Pennsylvania ruled that the state’s Department of Transportation was partially responsible for the death of a 15 year old girl who was killed while riding in a vehicle driven by a guy with no driver’s license, and traveling around a sharp curve at 90 mph – more than twice the speed limit.  The jury ruled that DOT should have posted more signs warning him not to do that.

I guess Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle just couldn’t squeak by on his $188,000 signing bonus and the $495,000 per year rookie salary he agreed to.  He was arrested in Frisco, Texas for shoplifting – a bottle of cologne and underwear valued at $123.50. Dumbass. He’s out on $350 bond, but that pales in comparison to the reported $29,500 fine from the Cowboys. Ironically, most of that fine will undoubtedly be covered by a new endorsement contract he signed – with MeUndies underwear! No, seriously.


Sports trivia of the week:  in case you missed it, “America’s Team” is officially the… Denver Broncos.  Yep.  In the latest Harris Poll, the Broncos ended the six-year reign of the Dallas Cowboys as the favorite NFL team in the country.


In the United Arab Emerites, a man sought to divorce his wife because she wouldn’t have sex with him.  Understandable.  What is a little harder to understand is the reason.  Her parents said she couldn’t have sex with a human because she’s a genie.  The divorce was granted, but she got no alimony whatsoever.  The judge said she wasn’t forthcoming about the genie story.  It’s not clear whether the judge really believes she’s a genie or just thought she should have told her husband.

Emanuel Smith is in jail in Cleveland.  He was gambling at a local casino when he casually mentioned to the dealer that he was trying to avoid his ex-wife who has ebola.  An entire section of the casino closed immediately and there was apparently more than a little panic.  The story, by the way, was not true.  We all knew you can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater.  Apparently, you can’t yell “ebola” in a crowded casino, either.  Sign of the times.


In Florida, Michael Dunn has been officially sentenced for the murder of a teenager in Jacksonville during an argument over loud music.  Considering his sentence of “life without parole,” I’d say there’s a really good chance he’ll never have to worry about being bothered by loud music again.


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS:  Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Justin Ruzicka, Shelli Shaffer, Garry Toomey, Kenny King, Caryl Blanchat, Dewey Williams, Paul Staten, Victoria Perry, Denice Garwood, Bob Brown, Richard Bell, Julie Wolfe, and Cy Elmburg.

UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Whose cruel idea was it for the word “lisp” to have an “s” in it?


BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Saturday is the big Ghost Float Halloween Boat Parade on Monkey Island.  Boats and ghoulish crews gather at The Landings Marina at 4:00. Trick or treating for kids of all ages at The Landings at 5:00. Parade leaves at 6:30, followed by judging and awards.  After-party is at Big Shots.  Saturday is also the huge “Symphony of Hope” concert (benefiting Bridges of Hope) featuring a world renowned violinist in concert with the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra at First Baptist Church in Grove ($25). Performance begins at 7:00.


GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There is a wide array of diversified live entertainment offerings around the Grand Lake area this weekend. If you need music to drink by, The Shebang is offering an interesting entertainment event Fridaynight.  Talented singers from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M will entertain with Broadway Beer Drinking songs in the Back Stage Room. Come early.  The singing starts at 6:30. Weather permitting, the show will be followed by karaoke upstairs in the Balcony Bar – D.J. and dancing across the street at Big Shots.  Saturday night, there is a big “Post Parade Party” at Big Shots following the Ghost Float Halloween Boat Parade, and the dance music will be playing at Monkey Island Pub, as well. SundayBig Skillet will be on stage at Road Hog Saloon for the “Brats & Bras” Breast Cancer Rally which gets underway at 11:00 a.m. and runs into the evening.

Area casinos have stepped up the entertainment bar for the coming weekend, as well. Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar starts the weekend Thursday night with a great comedy show by Kevin JohnsonFriday night, Legends will be filled with the country music of The Woodshed Band, followed by a Saturday night dance band performance by Fuzed.

The weekend begins on Wednesday night at Indigo Sky Casino’s Echo Bar with Gary Hutchinson, followed by Dewayne BowmanThursday night, Leah & the MoJo Doctors Friday night, and Big Smitty Saturday night. There’s great music at Buffalo Run Casino, too. The Sex will be on stage with live music at Trailer Park Bar & Grill Friday & Saturday nights, and the Indoor Peoria Showplace at Buffalo Run will feature a concert by Shooter Jennings, appearing with Waylon’s original band.  Should be fun.

The best spots to catch World Series games, NFL and college football, PGA, and NASCAR action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, and JJ’s Wing ‘N’ It in Grove.  Enjoy!


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Scandal Thursday night at 8:00 on ABC.  And, of course, the World Series on Fox.




QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I’m so excited, because the 2014 midterms are almost here. It’s almost like Christmas, but with more talk about Jesus.” – Stephen Colbert


SAVE THE DATE:  Friday, October 31 – Lake Level Restoration Pep Rally at 11:30 a.m. in the upper ballroom at Cherokee Yacht Club.  Let’s STOP THE DRAW-DOWN! Saturday, November 1 – Big Shots Goes Country – a night of C&W music and dancing – pick the CMA Award winners and WIN BIG. Saturday, November 1 – Oktoberfest Buffet with Martini & Scotch Station, Beer Garden and Halloween Costume Contest at Shangri-La’s Summit Restaurant (5:00-8:00). Saturday, November 1 – Duck Creek Dynasty party at Harbors View Marina (5:00-9:00).  Thursday, November 13 – South Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at Cherokee Yacht Club. Saturday, November 15 – Potluck Dinner & Thanksgiving celebration at Monkey Island Pub. Thursday, November 20 – Monkey Island Thanksgiving celebration at Big Shots. Saturday, November 22 – “Festivus” party, nighttime golf & pre-Christmas shopping extravaganza at Shangri-La Golf Club.


In the TV sports world, it’s World Series Week as the surprising Kansas City Royals take on the San Francisco Giants for all the marbles (coverage on Fox).  One irony for you St. Louis Cardinal fans is that one of Sunday’s big NFL match-ups is – St. Louis at Kansas City (noon on Fox).

There’s plenty of college football this week.  OU is idle, but Oklahoma State will host West Virginia (2:30 Saturday on ABC). College football action actually starts Thursday night with Connecticut at East Carolina (6:00 on ESPNU) and Miami at Virginia Tech (7:00 on ESPN). South Florida is at Cincinnati Friday night (6:00 on ESPN2), Troy is at South Alabama (6:30 on ESPNU), BYU is at Boise State (8:00 on ESPN), and Oregon is at California (9:00 pm Fox Sports 1). 

Aside from the OSU-West Virginia game, other great Saturday action includes Texas at Kansas State (11:00 on ESPN), Mississippi State at Kentucky (2:30 on CBS), Texas Tech at TCU (2:30 on Fox), Ole Miss at LSU (6:15 on ESPN/ESPN2), South Carolina at Auburn (6:15 on ESPN/ESPN2), Alabama at Tennessee (6:15 on ESPN/ESPN2), and Ohio State at Penn State (7:00 on ABC).

NFL action kicks of Thursday night as the Broncos host the Chargers in Denver on CBS (7:30).  In addition to the Cardinals-Chiefs matchup, Sunday’s games include Green Bay at New Orleans (7:30 on NBC).  Monday Night Football features on of the NFL’s classic rivalries – Washington at Dallas (7:30 on ESPN).

The PGA Tour players head Sea Island, Georgia this week for the McGladrey Classic.  Coverage is all on the Golf ChannelThursday-Sunday beginning at 1:00.

NASCAR Sprint Cup action is getting serious.  The Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 is the first race of the Eliminator Round. Coverage gets underway Sunday afternoon at 1:00 on ESPN.


The weekend weather looks absolutely fabulous.  Sunshine, light winds, and highs in the low 70s – perfect weather for a Saturdaynight Halloween Boat Parade and any other outdoor activities you can think of. I’ll see you at the Boat Parade and the after-parties at Big Shots and the Pub. Tip well, and remember…wherever you decided to party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me.



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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.


American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley (smoking in the bar)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Grand Lake Burrito in Ketchum

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.J.’s Wing ‘N’ It in Downtown Grove

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

Kelly’s Bar & Deli at Red Arrow Marina

La Casita de Martin in Grove

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Napoli’s Italian Restaurant (Langley)

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pensacola Pizza & Pasta in Langley  (smoking on patio only)

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summerside Winery in Vinita

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Trail’s End Barbecue in Grove

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Your Place (Grove Main Street)